About UCM Alumni Central Missouri has a culture of friendship and service extending from the university around the globe. Our 80,000 alumni live in 50 states and some 70 countries with the largest clusters in Kansas City, St. Louis and central Missouri. Perhaps you have met or heard of these outstanding alumni:
David Cook, 2008 American Idol winner
Grant Curtis, a producer of the Spider-Man movies
Dale Carnegie, author of How to Win Friends and Influence People
Jim Crane, founder of Eagle Global Logistics, a Fortunemagazine’s Most Admired Company three years in a row
David Steward, founder and CEO of the largest African-American owned company in the U.S.
Paula Mitchell Derks, president of the Aircraft Electronics Association, the world’s largest aviation organization dedicated to the avionics industry
James Evans, inventor of Cheerios
Joe Vandepopuliere, inventor of Puppy Chow
Carrie A. Nation, the famed axe-wielding prohibitionist
With a 94 percent job placement rate, Central Missouri has graduates in many fields of endeavor, from information technology to nursing. And more UCM alumni teach in Missouri K-12 schools than from any other university within the state.